Dillion Brooks Automatically Suspended for Latest Tech
Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks faces another one-game penalty after picking up his 18th technical foul of the season during the team’s 112-108 comeback win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Brooks ended the game with nine points, four rebounds, and five assists.
Brooks drove to the hoop in the midst of the third quarter and threw down a tough lefty jam over Maxi Kleber. He was understandably proud of himself for the play, but he celebrated a little too enthusiastically in front of the Mavericks’ bench, earning him a fast technical.
As expected, this wasn’t Brooks’ first venture into extracurricular activity this evening. He had a heated exchange with Kyrie Irving, who was not thrilled, early on in the game, telling Brooks, “Keep playing that dumb— defense,” Irving responded with 28 points but shot just 10-of-24 from the field as the Mavericks lost a 16-point second-half advantage, and the Grizz had the last laugh.
Brooks collected his 16th technical foul of the season earlier this month, which is the regular season maximum for players and coaches. When someone reaches that threshold, they are automatically suspended for one game; for every two further technicals they receive throughout the season, they are then punished for another game. Brooks was the first to accomplish that milestone, but he was eventually followed by his primary nemesis, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.
Ironic he says this, as he actually said he wanted to be Green in college,
Brooks’ technical foul drama is just the latest in a string of on-court events this season that have entrenched his contentious character. He was banned for a game in February after landing a low punch on Cleveland Cavaliers standout Donovan Mitchell. He was just fined $35,000 for throwing a camera operator to the ground during the team’s loss to the Miami Heat earlier this month as well. Brooks does not seem to be doing his team, or his pockets, any favors.